Class of '74
September 2004


Like many of you, we spent another Labor Day weekend moving kids into dorms.  This happened to have been the seventh consecutive year moving kids into our old dorms at Gustavus.  We (the Michaletz family) have seven consecutive years remaining before we’re done - and can spend the holiday weekend like other people do!  I’m never certain if the move-in process makes me feel older or younger.  I would have stayed there in a nanosecond.  Remember when your biggest challenge was when to do your laundry?

Or how you needed to meet someone with a car so you could go shopping at Madison East - or for a night at Mettler’s?  Mankato now has a Caribou, where Gusties aim if they have an hour off between classes.  Nickel coffee doesn’t exist any longer.  Neither does the Canteen.

In every other aspect, however, the college seems to be functioning better - and certainly looks better - than when we were there.  Wahlstrom is coming down, but a new dorm is already going up.  Many of you know that the football stadium is moving.  The stadium structure is beyond repair, and there are new buildings going up in that space.

The Nobel Conference is right around the corner.  This year’s topic is  “The Science of Aging.”  I’m not as concerned about the why’s so much as how to slow it down.  I hated the Conference the first time I attended it as a freshman; nothing made sense.  Now everything will make sense, but I won’t remember what I heard (or at least remember it accurately!).

If you’ve been paying attention to your Gustavus mail, you’ll know that we have our (SHHHH…….30th) reunion the first weekend in October.  Friday night’s adventures will be in the Twin Cities at the Sheraton (the hotel formerly known as the Radisson South in Bloomington), and Saturday’s stuff is on campus.  It’s Homecoming at Gustavus, and it’s also Parents’ Weekend.  The college decided to put everything into one BIG weekend instead of stringing events out all fall.  Even though the reunion is looming, you still have time to do the following:

a)      finish Phase One of the South Beach Diet

b)      use Crest Whitening Strips

c)      get your hair color touched up

d)      borrow a hot red convertible

e)      dig out some old pictures

f)        call your friends to make sure they show up

g)      get a facial, massage, and manicure

h)      study your Gustavus trivia

i)        look through the yearbook to refresh your memory of faces and names

j)         send a gift to the Alumni Office - with news!  As far as news is concerned, we’re hardly ever in the Quarterly "marriage" column, and rarely in the "births" section.  Fortunately, not too many of us have appeared in the "deaths" section.  This means we’re in the stable period of our lives.  What better time to give back to the college?

The new president, Jim Peterson ‘64, is a perfect match for the school.  He couldn’t be friendlier.  The students really like him.  Make sure you introduce yourself to him.

We realize this is a short letter, but we want to get this out before it’s too late.  Consider this your personal invitation/encouragement to attend the reunion.  The first weekend in October should be the best for leaves.  Come for Friday evening, or drive down on Saturday - or better yet, do both.  For more information, check out the college’s website (  You can register for the weekend online.

See you shortly!

Rob Linner and Jan Ledin Michaletz

1974 Co-class Agents

P.S.  We’d love to start a series of guest class letter writers.  Do it by yourself or in a group.  How about a letter written by the nursing group?  Or the Eppies?  Or the TMT’s (in honor of your 100th anniversary).  You can see by our example that the standards aren’t too high!  What would Gerhard Alexis say?

Campus News:

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Homecoming/Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend will be combined Oct. 1-3 to provide more events for alumni, current students, and families.  Alumni will gather by class in the Twin Cities on Friday night.  Saturday and Sunday, all alumni and their families are encouraged to come to campus for reunion class gatherings, the parade, a fun lunch with free popcorn and cotton candy, games for kids of all ages, a chapel service, sporting events, a walk in the arboretum, a chance to reflect with a seminar on your life direction, and performances by jazz singer Kurt Elling ‘89, the Chicago Comedy Troupe, and many Gustavus music ensembles.  In addition, Gustavus will dedicate a new landscape waterfall, built with a gift from David ‘51 and Delores Johnson and located outside the Lind Interpretive Center in the Linnaeus Arboretum.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference will focus on the Science of Aging.  The campus is expecting over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologists are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ‘88 (golf), Jim Chalin ‘76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ‘77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ‘88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ‘89 (football), Pachi Lopez ‘71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ‘88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master’s degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • Alumni Phonorama – September 19-23 and September 26-30
  • Class Reunions for 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 – October 1-3
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 1-3
  • 40th Annual Nobel Conference: “The Science of Aging” – October 5-6
  • 35 Years of Gustavus Tennis – October 8-10
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction – October 16
  • South Carolina Area Gustavus Gathering – October 30
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival – December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005